The Lahore High Court (LHC) has barred the use of plastic bags at all the mega stores in the provincial city and has given them a deadline of 15 days to abide with the issued order and switch to alternative shopping bags.
Justice Shahid Karim has passed the directive on an application that was moved by Haroon Farooq asking a direction to the government of Punjab to legislate on banning the use, making and sale of the polythene bags and to introduce a necessary legislation regarding this.
During the hearing, the petitioners’ counsel Barrister Abuzar Salman Naizi informed the court that in the month of October 2019, the provincial chief secretary had given an undertaking to a full bench in a separate case that government would be introducing a law on the prohibition of the polythene bags. But, he said that that so far no step has been taken by the government.
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He argued that the acts and the omissions of the government were in clear denial of Article 9 and 14 of the constitution, which handles with fundamental rights of citizens.
The council said that Punjab being the most heavily populated province, the use of polythene bags is in huge numbers and great variety.
According to the latest research of the local and international organizations, he added that the polythene bags were found to be a cause of the major environmental disaster.
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